Michael Dunlop has smashed the Isle of Man TT lap record and romped to a huge win in the first Supersport TT race of 2018, destroying the competition with a 10 second advantage over the line. It’s the 17th TT win for Dunlop.
Dunlop set off behind arch-rival and outright lap record holder in the Superbike class, Dean Harrison and made the ten second gap up by the end of the second lap with a flying 37.75 miles, racking up a new Supersport record of 129.197mph (17m 31.328s) in the process. He eventually beat Harrison over the line by 10.278s.
Dean Harrison, sporting as ever, pulled over and let a close-quarters Dunlop past to the line, letting the Honda man punch the air in jubilation but doing so nearly allowed Peter Hickman to nib past on the timesheets for second – just 0.258s split Harrison and Hickman across the line.
It’s the second win of the week so far for Dunlop who romped to a win in Saturday’s Superbike TT race after leader Harrison was forced to retire on the final lap with clutch problems.